Lee Gordon McKillop (born 4 August 1968), known as Lee Mack, is an English comedian and actor best known for writing and starring in the sitcom Not Going Out. He is also known for being a team captain on the BBC One comedy panel show Would I Lie to You?, hosting the Sky One panel show Duck Quacks Don't Echo and for presenting the panel show They Think It's All Over.
Mack at Radio 4's Don't Make Me Laugh in 2015
Lee Gordon McKillop|
4 August 1968
Southport, Lancashire, England
The Sketch Show (2001–2004)|
Not Going Out (2006—)
Would I Lie to You? (2007—)
Lee Mack's All Star Cast (2011)
Duck Quacks Don't Echo (2014—)
|Spouse(s)||Tara McKillop (m. 2005)|
Mack was born in Southport, Lancashire, to a working class family. He lived there above a pub until he was 12 when his parents separated and he moved to Blackburn. He went to Birkdale Primary Junior School (Bury Road), Stanley High School in Southport and Everton High School in Blackburn. Upon leaving school, Mack worked in a bingo hall and as a stable boy. After working at the stable of racehorse trainer Ginger McCain in Southport for three days, he asked if he could ride one of the horses, to which the trainer agreed. Without realising, Mack then chose Red Rum as the first horse he would ride. Mack then became a Blue Coat entertainer at the Pontins holiday resort at Hemsby in Norfolk. He was sacked after appearing on stage drunk one night, botching a joke and calling an audience member a cunt. He then worked for six months at Pontins in Morecambe.
Mack went on to have various other jobs, and performed his first "open mic" slot in 1994, while studying at Brunel University from where he graduated with a degree in drama. Within 18 months he was a full-time comedian.
Mack first came to prominence by winning So You Think You're Funny at the 1995 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Since then, Mack has played the part of Graham, the security guard in the original radio version of The Mighty Boosh, and also has his own radio show on BBC Radio 2 called The Lee Mack Show, which features varying celebrities co-hosting the show.
In 2005, Mack presented They Think It's All Over, a sports based comedy panel game, formerly presented by Nick Hancock. However, it proved to be the show's final series. In 2007 he appeared on TV Heaven, Telly Hell.
His first sitcom Not Going Out for BBC One with Tim Vine (in which he plays Lee, the central character) premiered on 6 October 2006. The show has since returned for eight more series, the most recent airing in 2018. The show has won a Rose d'Or and RTS Award.
Since 2007, Mack has been a team captain on the BBC One comedy panel show Would I Lie to You?. He has also been guest host on Have I Got News for You six times: 23 May 2008, 12 June 2009, 1 April 2010, 2 December 2010, 28 October 2011, and 20 April 2018. He has twice been guest host on Never Mind the Buzzcocks; 9 December 2010 and 22 October 2012.
In June 2011, he launched a new show entitled Lee Mack's All Star Cast for BBC One. It features members of the audience taking part in silly games to get a spot in a sketch at the end of the show. In June 2012, Mack was one of the compères at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace in London.
- 2006 - Lee Mack: Live
- 2010 - Lee Mack: Going Out
- 2014 - Lee Mack: Hit the Road Mack
Mack went on tour in 2006 and filmed his first live DVD at the Bloomsbury Theatre, which was released the following year. In spring 2010 Mack embarked on his "Going Out" tour. Extra dates were added for autumn 2010 due to his spring tour being sold out well in advance. Going Out Live, his second live DVD, was filmed at the Hammersmith Apollo and was released in November. In December 2010 he performed at the Royal Variety Performance.
Mack said in an interview with The Guardian that his first foray into comedy was doing Bobby Ball impressions at his school when he was 15. Mack is a keen supporter of Blackburn Rovers and occasionally visits Ewood Park to watch games. At one point, Mack shared a flat with Noel Fielding. In July 2012, Mack received an honorary doctorate from Brunel University. He published his autobiography Mack the Life (ISBN 0-552-16655-3) in the same year.
Mack is a darts fan and regularly plays with his friend Tim Vine. Both men appeared on the debut series of Let's Play Darts, facing each other in the final, with Mack and his partner Martin Adams beating Vine and his partner Darryl Fitton. He currently holds the Guinness World Records title for the most darts number twos in one minute. On the same day, he also broke the record for the most darts in inner and outer bullseyes in one minute, a title which he held for a year and two months before it was broken on 23 September 2016 by professional darts player James Wade.
Mack is not the first person in his family to have performed comedy. He reveals in the 2018 series of Who Do You Think You Are? that his great grandfather was a jobbing comic and used the stage name Billy Mack. By using the index of birth records from General Register Office (GRO) researchers obtained the details needed to order the birth certificate that confirms Mack's great-grandfather had been registered at birth as William Alexander McKillop. It was also revealed that his grandfather Joe was born in Southport but was brought to Ireland as a baby and brought up by his grandparents in Ballina, County Mayo.
|2001–2004||The Sketch Show||Himself|
|2005–2010||Live at the Apollo||Himself|
|2005–2006||They Think It's All Over||Host|
|2006—||Not Going Out||Lee|
|2007—||Would I Lie to You?||Regular Team Captain|
|2008–2018||Have I Got News for You||Guest presenter||6 episodes|
|2010, 2012||Never Mind the Buzzcocks||Guest presenter||2 episodes|
|2011||Lee Mack's All Star Cast||Presenter|
|2013, 2015–2016||8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown||Guest Team Captain||6 episodes|
|2014—||Duck Quacks Don't Echo||Presenter|
|2014||The Smiths||Michael Smith||Pilot|
|2014||The Feeling Nuts Comedy Night||Himself|
|2015||Let's Play Darts||Competitor||Won the show|
|2016||Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway||Guest announcer|
|2018||Top Gear||Guest||1 episode|
|2018||Doctor Who||TBA||1 episode|
- Stand-up DVDs
|Title||Released||Notes||Ratings when Televised||TV Channel|
|Live||26 November 2007||Live at London's Bloomsbury Theatre||0.95||Channel 4|
|Going Out Live||22 November 2010||Live at London's HMV Hammersmith Apollo||1.03||BBC One|
|Hit The Road Mack||24 November 2014||Live at London's HMV Hammersmith Apollo||1.26||Channel 4|
BAFTA TV Awards
|2002||The Sketch Show||Best Comedy Programme or Series||Won|
|2014||Would I Lie to You?||Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme||Nominated|
|2015||Would I Lie to You?||Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme||Nominated|
|2016||Would I Lie to You?||Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme||Nominated|
|2018||Would I Lie to You?||Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme||Nominated|
British Comedy Awards
|2001||Lee Mack||Best Comedy Newcomer||Nominated|
|2006||Best Live Stand Up Tour||Nominated|
|2007||Best TV Comedy Actor||Nominated|
|Not Going Out||Best New TV Comedy||Nominated|
|2010||Would I Lie to You||Best Comedy Panel Show||Won|
|2012||Lee Mack||Best Male Television Comic||Won|
|People's Choice Award||Nominated|
|2013||Would I Lie to You||Best Comedy Panel Show||Won|
|Lee Mack||Best Male Television Comic||Won|
|People's Choice Award||Nominated|
|2014||Would I Lie to You||Best Comedy Panel Show||Won|
|Would I Lie to You||Best Comedy Moment||Nominated|
|Lee Mack||Best Male Television Comic||Won|
|King or Queen of Comedy||Nominated|
RTS Television Awards
|2007||Not Going Out||Breakthrough Award - Behind The Screen||Won|
|2007||Not Going Out||Sitcom||Won|
- "Lee Mack". Desert Island Discs. 29 September 2013. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
- Maxwell, Dominic (24 November 2007). "Mack on the Attack". The Times magazine. London. Retrieved 8 February 2008.
- Armstrong, Stephen (9 January 2005). "Comedy: This stand-up's got legs". The Sunday Times. London. Retrieved 29 December 2007.
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- "The 10 most surprising truths on Would I Lie to You". Radio Times. 9 September 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
- Bunch of Kents
- Mack, Lee (2012). Mack The Life, Bantam Press. ISBN 0593069420.
- "Lee Mack and Penn & Teller ratings soar as Marriage Ref fails to impress". Metro. 19 June 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
- "Lets Dance for Comic Relief - Series 5 - Episode 3". www.radiotimes.com. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
- Simon, Jane (16 December 2010). "Royal Variety Performance". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
- "Q and A with comedian Lee Mack". Daily Mail. 29 January 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
- "Stand up for Iran's Baha'is - Voices from the arts call for the imprisoned Baha'i leaders in Iran to receive a fair trial". The Times. London. 2009-02-26. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- Hodgson, Michelle (31 January 2009). "My family values". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- Clough, Dan (15 April 2014). "East Lancs comedian Lee Mack in hunt for old Blackburn pub sign". Lancashire Telegraph. Newsquest Media Group. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
- "Comedian Lee Mack awarded honorary degree by Brunel University". Brunel University London. 27 July 2012. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- Rogers, Paul (30 May 2013). "Lee Mack stars at Hay Festival". Hereford: Hereford Times. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
- "Most darts in inner and outer bullseyes in one minute". Guinness World Records. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
- "Most darts number twos in one minute". Guinness World Records. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
- "TheGenealogist featured article: Lee Mack". TheGenealogist. Retrieved 13 July 2018.